Circular Economy Sprint


Learn all the core aspects of the Circular Economy with our 6-week sprint. Discover how to redesign from linear to circular, examine the approaches to sustainability in business and dive into all the tools needed to bring about positive change.


  • Multimedia Lessons

    With a blend of reading and engaging video content, you will be able to see , read and hear all the basics that you need to get you going from the first day. Join the community app to get peer feedback!

  • How-To Worksheets

    Take all the knowledge and background and put it into action with these quick, clear and practical how-to activity sheets that clearly apply what you just learned to take into your next projects immediately.

  • Rapid Learning

    Short on time but want to rapidly upskill your circular economy knowledge and capacity? Take this 6-week sprint and do a quick 20min a day to get you leveled up to the rapidly-emerging circular economy.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the 6 Week Sprint

  • 02

    Preparing for your Learning Journey

    • Get Motivated

    • Set your learning goals with our motivation & self-accountability quiz

    • About the Activities

    • Watch: Introduction to the Circular Economy and Sustainability

    • Download: Circular Systems Design Handbook

  • 03

    Week 1: Sustainability & The Circular Economy

  • 04

    Week 2: Transforming the Linear Economy

    • Week 2 Overview

    • Read: The Cycle of Disposability

    • Watch: Waste, Materials and the Circular Economy

    • Activity: Linear Economy Reflection

    • Activity Worksheet: Linear Reflection

    • Activity: Product Life Cycle Map

    • Activity Worksheet: Life Cycle Mapping

    • Watch: Materials and Waste Streams

    • Watch: Material Myths

    • Read: Eliminating Waste

    • Watch: Dealing with Waste

    • Watch: Redesigning Disposability

    • Activity Worksheet: Waste and Materials Identification

  • 05

    Week 3: Circular Systems Thinking

    • Week 3 Overview

    • Read: Circular Thinking

    • Watch: Circular Transformation

    • Read: Different Approaches to Enacting the Circular Economy

    • Watch: Systems Thinking 101

    • Read: How to do a Systems Map

    • Watch: Systems Mapping

    • Activity: Circular Economy Systems Map

    • Activity Worksheet: Systems Mapping Instructions

    • Watch: Avoiding Greenwashing

    • Read: Greenwashing and Green Myths

    • Read: Sins of Greenwashing

    • Activity: Greenwashing Self-Checker

    • Activity Worksheet: Greenwash Checker

  • 06

    Week 4: Circular Business & Design Strategies

    • Week 4 Overview

    • Watch: Going Beyond the Obvious

    • Read: Introduction to Sustainable Design and the Circular Economy

    • Watch: Circular ReDesign

    • Read: Circular Design Strategies

    • Read: Circular Design

    • Watch: Product Level Impacts

    • Watch: Circular Design

    • Read: Sustainable Design Methods

    • Read: 10 Approaches to Circular Design

    • Activity: Product ReDesign

    • Activity Worksheet: 4-Step Eco Redesign Activity

    • Activity Worksheet: Transitioning to the Circular Economy Worksheet

  • 07

    Week 5: Circular Transformation

    • Week 5 Overview

    • Watch: Circular Economy Redesign

    • Read: Product Service System Models

    • Watch: Product Service Systems Design

    • Activity: Product Service System Mapping

    • Activity Worksheet: Reimagine Service Delivery

    • Watch: Sustainable Supply Chains

    • Watch: How to do a supply chain map

    • Read: Introduction to Supply Chain Sustainability

    • Activity: Supply Chain Mapping

    • Worksheet: Supply Chain Mapping

    • Watch: Supply Chain Mapping

  • 08

    Week 6: Taking Action & Activating Circular Systems Change

    • Week 6 Overview

    • Read: A Sustainable Future

    • Watch: Agency and Activation

    • Watch: Why Use a Theory of Change?

    • Activity: Create a Theory of Change

    • Activity Worksheet: Detailed Theory of Change Worksheets

    • Activity: Circular Economy Transformation Plan

    • Activity Worksheet: Circular Economy Transformation Plan

  • 09

    Additional Resources

    • Glossary of Key Terms

    • Additional Resources and Links

    • Worksheet: The Circular Economy ReDesign Workshop Kit

    • Educational Worksheet Pack: Circular Classroom Linear to Circular Pack

  • 10

    Congratulations and Completion

    • Congratulations!

    • Reflect on your motivation & self-accountability with our follow up quiz

    • Watch: Get your certificate

    • Watch: Take another course


  • Course Access

    Enjoy 180 days of access with the course content, with extensions available by email request.

  • Course Length

    You can do a deep dive or space it out, but all together it will take about 30-40 hours to complete.

  • Investement

    Get access to this detailed learning journey for only $290USD (scholarships always available by application)

Your Instructor


Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

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